Shipping and Removals in Saudi Arabia

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Shipping goods to Saudi Arabia can be expensive; the price is affected by shipping method, sea or air freight, the size of the load, and how well insured it is. Since compounds often provide furnished accommodation, and plenty of amenities, think carefully about what needs to be shipped out – it may be very little indeed.

Additionally, Saudi Arabia has plenty of shopping opportunities to purchase goods so one can easily and cheaply purchase goods that may prove troublesome to ship over.

All shipped items must pass through customs and the appropriate forms should be completed by the sender. In Saudi Arabia, customs clearance depends on whether goods are either classified as documents with no commercial value or dutiable goods. Dutiable goods are readily taxed if they have a value over 40 USD.

The customs list of prohibited items include: 
  • Alcohol
  • Bibles
  • Binoculars
  • Christmas trees
  • Fashion magazines
  • Games of chance
  • Items of human concealment (masks, wigs, etc.)
  • Liquids (except contact lens solution)
  • Long-range, wireless telephones )
  • Medicines without a prescription
  • Pornographic material
  • Satellite phone cards (SIM, etc.)
  • Statues
  • Stuffed animals and Pokemon toys
  • Tobacco advertisements

To ship a pet over one requires an Import Permit, vaccination certificate, health certificate and the animal must be quarantined in a IATA approved kennel.

Otherwise, the large-scale shipping operations are well versed in the art of Saudi relocation and can readily answer any questions expats may have. FedEx and Four Winds Saudi Arabia Limited are reliable default options for this particular service.

Documentation necessary for shipping to Saudi Arabia

  • Authorisation letter addressed to Customs Director – Riyadh Dry port filled out both in English and Arabic, duly signed and stamped by the sponsoring company and must be legalised from the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce.
  • Sponsor Certification addressed to Customs Director Riyadh Dry-port prepared in one's company’s letter head in Saudi Arabia, signed and stamped from the sponsoring company.
  • Shipment declaration addressed to Customs Director – Riyadh Dry-port.  Prepared in Arabic, signed and stamped.
  • Passport copy with entry visa

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